This day in history

From the Writer’s Almanac and via Judith Bush…

On this day in 1815, President James Madison approved an act of Congress appropriating $23,950 to purchase Thomas Jefferson’s library of 6,487 volumes In 1814, after capturing Washington, D.C., the British burned the U.S. Capitol, destroying the Library of Congress and its 3,000-volume collection.

Okay, it was yesterday.

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  1. For those interested in more information about Thomas Jefferson’s library:

    Douglas Galbi analyzed the Jefferson library by category and publication date in his “purple motes” blog at http://purplemotes.net/2008/02/03/thomas-jeffersons-library/
    He also notes how controversial Congress’ purchase was: it was narrowly approved 81 votes for, 71 votes against.

    E. Millicent Sowerby’s Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson is available online at the Library of Congress’ Rare Books & Special Collections Web site at:
    http://www.loc.gov/rr/rarebook/coll/130.html

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